By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
Published: 02:06 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 07:29 BST, 2 September 2019
The US military has dug up a farmer's field in Essex to search for the remains of a Second World War airman who is unaccounted for after his plane crashed and exploded.
The B-26 Marauder bomber took off two days before D-Day on a mission to bomb a bridge in Nazi-occupied France, but experienced engine failure after leaving RAF Stansted Mountfitchet.
The twin-engined aircraft crash landed on June 4 1944, with its six crew and cargo of two 2,000lb bombs still inside.
Four airmen managed to escape from the burning wreckage and survived, but a fifth died at the scene when the two bombs exploded. His remains were recovered.
Pictured: Brian Seymour of the US Department of Defence excavates the site near Stansted airport in Essex
Diggers found the remains of an aviator who died when two bombs exploded at the site in Stansted, Essex
These bullets were unearthed at the scene near Stansted airport in Essex, where six pilots were brought down
The sixth airman remains unaccounted for, and US military personnel from the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency are searching for his remains.
Sergeant First Class Peter Holderness, team sergeant, said the agency's mission is to 'find and retrieve our nation's fallen service members and